St Barnabas Hospice Lincoln Inpatient Unit Refurbishment and Re-opening Update

11th July 2022

Inside the Inpatient Unit, with walls exposed, and people wearing hard hats and high-vis

The refurbishment work at the Inpatient Unit on Nettleham Road is well underway and the much-loved Unit is not recognisable at the moment due to the demolition work taking place.

Contacts for the project are:
• Michelle Webb – Director of Care – Operational and Clinical enquiries
• Dr Georgina Keenleyside – Medical Director, Clinical enquires
• Sue Carter – Unit Manager, Operational and Clinical enquiries
• Nicky Ingall – Head of Estates, project enquiries

Our Head of Facilities Nicky made a site visit this week and reports that the Unit is in good hands with our Contractor and work is progressing to schedule at present.

An update from Sue Carter, Inpatient Unit Ward Manager: “The Inpatient Unit advice line remains working well and is increasingly busy. Please don’t forget the line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, manned by our friendly doctors and nurses, so please do give us a call!”

Our Team update
Sue has received some great feedback this week from a couple of the IPU staff from their placements. The below quotes are from Sophie Slaughter and Amy Damarell.

Sophie says: “During the Inpatient unit closure, I have been redeployed to different areas within the hospital to gain insight into how they support palliative and end of life patients. I have really enjoyed spending time with various professionals learning about different services that are available to our patients and carers, whilst building professional contacts which will benefit patients when the unit is back open.

“It is great to be able to assist patients/professionals within the hospital setting and reassure them on how they can be supported by St Barnabas whether that be calling the advice line or community support upon discharge.”

Amy says: “Having a placement within the ward at Louth hospital was brilliant! We were welcomed and supported and felt we were able to work as part of the team supporting their patients with their holistic care needs. If ever the need arose, I would be happy to support them, feeling confident I could work competently alongside them.”

Michelle Webb, Director of Care, at the Hospice adds the Hospice has been closed almost 4 weeks now. Please be assured we will keep you updated of the progress we are making to improve the Unit.

If you have any comments or questions about our refurbishment plans, please contact any of the above-named colleagues on 01522 511566.

How to access support and refer patients for Specialist Palliative Care
As a reminder to all our colleagues in Lincolnshire the advice line number for specialist palliative care is 0300 303 1754, please just give us a call we will be happy to help.

The next update will be published the week commencing 18th July 2022.

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